Larry posted the news about the updated Zune Pass music subscription service and after checking out the press release in detail I am going to sign back up for the monthly service. Getting to keep some songs for my own collection each month was the kicker that pushed me over the edge because now there is some real tangible value from the service in case it ever ends.
I have a very small personal collection of music and enjoy using subscription services because I have a broad range of tastes (classic rock, christian, jazz, country, etc.) and enjoy trying out lots of different genres. I used the Yahoo! Music service for a couple of years on my mobile phones and devices (it worked on Nokia Nseries and Windows Mobile devices). I tried the Zune Pass music subscription a couple of times in the past, but never went longer than a couple of months because I stopped carrying my Zune. The new deal lets you keep 10 songs per month (about a US$10 value) for the same US$14.99 monthly subscription fee (I pay tax too because I am in Washington State with Microsoft). Still, if I can keep DRM-free tracks each month and build up my collection then I am happy.
Now, if Microsoft could add Zune support to Windows Mobile then I would be extremely happy to take my music with me everywhere. For now, I will use my 4GB Black Zune to listen to music.